Cherryville Junction


Cherryville Junction is located two miles west of Kildare town on the Dublin to Cork main line. The junction is where the line branches off. The Great Southern & Western Railway opened the Waterford line as far as Carlow in 1846, but created a junction here at Cherryville when the main line to Cork was constructed west towards Portarlington. The signal cabin at Cherryville is one of the oldest still standing. It closed in 1976 when the first Centralised Traffic Control signalling was installed on CIE. The signal cabin has a long post 1930s Great Southern Railway bilingual name board. Adjacent to the junction is a derelict railway cottage. A modern CTC aerial nows stands at the site.

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On August 22, 1983, a terrible rail crash claimed the lives of seven people in Cherryville, Co.Kildare; 55 were injured.

That summer night two trains were travelling towards Dublin on the same track: one from Galway, the other from Tralee.

The Galway train ploughed into the rear of the Tralee train. Up to 1,000 passengers were travelling on both trains and all fatalities were on the 17.15 Tralee train, whose wooden dining car was said to have been packed when it hit the 18.50 Galway train.

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